A volunteer organisation in Clydebank is funding a clinical nurse specialist team leader position in Scotland.

The Clydebank Asbestos Group's pledge will go towards covering the cost of the role within Mesothelioma UK in Scotland, which is held by Carolyn MacRae.

Ms MacRae, who is based at the NHS Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, is a member of the Scottish Mesothelioma Network.

She provides care and support to mesothelioma patients across the Glasgow and Clyde area.

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that is normally caused by exposure to asbestos and primarily affects the lining of the lungs.

Each year, about 2,700 people in the UK are diagnosed with the disease, leading to the highest rate globally.

Theresa Jones, chair of Clydebank Asbestos Group, said: “We are delighted to be able to allow the continuation of Carolyn and her team’s great work.

"I have known Carolyn for a number of years and here at CAG, we are looking forward to continuing our working relationship whilst also supporting the NHS.”

Liz Darlison, chief executive officer of Mesothelioma UK, said: "This generous funding commitment from the Clydebank Asbestos Group will directly impact patient care and enhance our ability to provide critical services in Scotland.

“Clydebank Asbestos Group shares our vision of improving mesothelioma care and advocating for patients.

"Their commitment to funding this nursing post demonstrates their dedication to advancing healthcare and making a difference.”